Kristen Stewart On The Most Intimidating Part Of Portraying Princess Diana
Kristen Stewart carries the weight for portraying one of the most famous characters of our time: the late Princess Diana.
The actor "Twilight" will take on the role of the former Lady Diana Spencer in the upcoming biopic "Spencer", which will start production in January 2021.
The film takes place over a three-day period during which the Princess of Wales discovers that her marriage to Prince Charles is not working, according to Deadline. "Spencer" is set on the Sandringham Estate, where the British royal family spends the Christmas holidays.
Stewart finds elements of the role particularly intimidating, she told InStyle magazine, for which she is the cover star in November 2020.
"The accent is intimidating as hell because people know that voice and it's so, so clear and special," the actor revealed. "I'm working on it now and already have my dialect coach."
She added, "In terms of research, I went through two and a half biographies and finished all of the material before making the film." Most likely referring to Tina Brown's 2007 biography, "The Diana Chronicles," and Andrew Morton's 1992 volume “Diana: Her True Story.” Morton revealed after Diana's death in 1997 that the princess was one of the main sources for the book.
All in all, Stewart said she “implicitly” wants to get to know the late princess and live up to her story.
"It's one of the saddest stories ever, and I don't want to just play Diana - I want to know her implicitly," she said. "By the way, I haven't been so excited about playing a role in a long time."
"Spencer" director Pablo Larraín is also delighted that Stewart will take on the role. Stewart "is one of today's great actors," and "can be very mysterious and very fragile [and] ultimately very strong," he told Deadline in June.
"The way she reacted to the script and how she approaches the character is very nice to see," added Larraín. "I think it will do something breathtaking and fascinating at the same time. It is this force of nature."
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